Effingham - Surrey - England

Effingham Golf Club,
Guildford Road,
KT24 5PZ,

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You’ll find Effingham Golf Club located between Leatherhead and Guildford, in the heart of the North Downs. Laid across free-draining downland, this unsung Harry Colt-designed course occupies a generous 264-acre site from where there are panoramic views of the London skyline and the chalky escarpment of the Chiltern Hills.

Routed in two distinct nine-hole loops, the course measures a respectable 6,800 yards from the back (black tee) markers, but even the white tee yardage (6,597 yards) tested many top golfers when Open Championship Regional Qualifying was held at Effingham Golf Club from 2006 to 2010.

Effingham is a course fashioned in the spirit of the Golden Age, but the club is not resting on its laurels, having engaged the services of Tom Mackenzie of Mackenzie and Ebert, to ensure this classic design is not only true to its Harry Colt roots, but also a modern day challenge. In 2013, a new 451-yard par four home hole was unveiled along with a redesigned green at the par four 5th.

Tom Mackenzie mentioned: “Effingham is another example of Harry Colt’s skills at laying out holes on hilly ground in a way that golfers find themselves at the top of the Downs without feeling like they have played an uphill hole. The downland turf also makes it a true 12-month of the year course.”

Fairway bunkers have been removed with additional bunkers constructed to affect the longer players. New bunkers have been created to heighten the challenge around the putting surfaces, with redesigned greens introduced at the par four 5th and newly extended 18th, which has been extended to 451 yards from the back tees.

Mature trees line many fairways and they are always dazzling in their glorious autumn colours, but they were not so abundant in Harry Colt’s day. However, rarely do these woody obstacles obstruct the line of play and the club has embarked on a bold woodland management programme to protect the integrity of the putting surfaces.

With many strong holes at Effingham it’s hard to single one out, but we like the tough one-shot 7th that’s ringed with bunkers. With out-of-bounds on the left and a tricky-to-find green, it’s a hole where a three marked on the card will be savoured. Don’t forget to enjoy the far-reaching views of the Chiltern Hills before leaving the tee.

There is so much to enjoy at Effingham with its excellent drainage, firm and fast surfaces, rolling topography and pleasant short walks between greens and tees. The elegant Georgian clubhouse also provides the warmest of welcomes.

With recent renovation work now completed, Effingham Golf Club has been selected by England Golf to host the Senior Men’s County Championship Finals in 2019.

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Description: Laid across free-draining downland, Effingham Golf Club is an undiscovered Harry Colt-designed course that occupies a generous 264-acre site from where there are panoramic views of the London skyline… Rating: 7 out of 10 Reviews: 4
Ed Battye

The inclusion of Effingham in Golf World Magazine’s recent “Top 100 golf courses of England” peaked my interest in this Surrey downland course located just outside the London Orbital.

If ever there was an example of bunkering on a golf course that elevated the layout from being good to excellent Effingham must surely be it. This is almost exclusively thanks to the work of leading golf architecture firm, Mackenzie & Ebert, who recently enhanced this classic Harry Colt course with truly spectacular results.

Played over chalky downland terrain on a large property the bunkering brings the course to life; both on drives and approach shots. It’s a long time since I’ve been as impressed with a bunker scheme on a golf course as I was at Effingham when I visited in early June 2019.

The clean and simple, though rarely straight, outlines to the hazards have a real sharpness to them which are visually impressive, especially with the near-white sand making them really stand out. They are also extremely well placed strategically from the tee and merge into the wonderful green complexes exceptionally well.

The playing corridors are generous at Effingham with long wispy grass – which was quite playable from on my visit – acting as a buffer before you may reach the established woodland.

The front-nine loops around arable land in a huge circle. There is a real sensation of space and isolation as we tread the opening loop. It’s possible to get off to a fast start with a par-five opener followed by two short par-fours but from there on you must play some good golf if you wish to make a score. The back-nine is a little more condensed but is still golf on a big scale although the firm turf ensures it never becomes a slog.

One of the things I enjoyed here was that on many drives you had a perception of where you were going but you couldn’t always see where your ball ended up. This is due to the rising and falling downland where Colt has routed the course to leave the golfer with a sense of anticipation.

The entire consistency of the bunkering, and the course itself for that matter, is one of Effingham’s trump cards. Because of this selecting any stand-out holes is not easy but likewise there are no poor holes either…

I’m sure this is a course we will hear a lot more about over the coming years... And with fantastic views of London and the Chilterns there is very little to dislike at this true Surrey gem.

Ed is the founder of Golf Empire – click the link to read his full review.

June 14, 2019
6 / 10
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This challenging but fair course is worthy of local renown and is greater than the sum of its pastoral origins. It is a rare Harry colt classic beautifully routed over rolling down land, with green complexes that you had better take seriously. I was lucky enough to be a member here for one golden year. What a warm welcome I had. I would have moved next door but the proximity to London makes house prices beyond me. Never the less, Make no mistake, this club is on the front foot; progressive maintenance and improvement. Professionally run. Inclusive. They are unabashed about improving the course. They are unapologetic about accommodating keen golfers. It is a course that can’t be described in simple terms. In January the course is dry but soft, the rough is down and you can shoot at the pins. In June the Rough is up, the ball runs in to trouble and having the right line in to the greens is paramount. It is a course that is a very playable chameleon throughout the twelve months. It is like being a member at three different courses. Long term members have rightly said it is the best condition for a generation. There are some stunning holes here that have the wow factor about them. No two holes are the same. A fabulous day out then, on an ex Open qualifier with spectacular London views awaits. The essence of Effingham for me was the fact that you fancy every shot. It is fun to play. Challenging but doable . I never felt like the course was against me. (despite my numbers!) The more you play here the more you can enjoy. 30 minutes from London. As for me I'm off to Hampshire but you will be hard pressed to find a warmer welcome and more enjoyable golf in Surrey than Effingham...JCB LAY
April 01, 2015
6 / 10
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zoe pillinger
Well as inland winter golf courses go this is absolutely fantastic! Played here two weeks ago and delighted to see it is being recognised as one of Surreys finest. This really is a Harry Colt GEM with incredible views over the emerging Capital City in the distance. Whilst regarded as downland this has a hybrid feel to it with some incredible mature trees lining the (excellent drained!) fairways and the walk is an exhilarating one rather than an exhausting one. I would put this on anyones must play and it's location to the M25 makes it truely accessable to lots of people! 10 out of 10 Effingham and welcome to the rankings.....
December 16, 2013
10 / 10
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December 18, 2013
Yes this is a good/decent course but a 6-ball rating? The top rating must be reserved for best in category surely? What ranking would you give some of the real Surrey greats?
Andy Newmarch
A lot of fun at Effingham and pretty easy off of the tee (which helps) on most holes but it is great to see the course now as part of the county listing. As we know Surrey is one of England’s very best golfing counties with around 20 courses included in the Top 100 of the country; not too sure if Effingham is good enough for that group but a decent members course/club it certainly is. The first par-3 is the 4th, only a mid-iron but with four bunkers protecting both sides and the front, this a tester. The 6th is a decent par-4, around 400 yards with a slightly blind drive that needs to favour the right-side – reason being that the route to the green on the left is protected by a lone oak. Super views at the tee on the 7th hole are worth a good look before taking on another well protected par-3, six bunkers this time. The 9th is the pick of the par-4’s on the front nine; four cross bunkers placed diagonally across the fairway at 190 yards to 250 yards ask questions for the majority, then the approach has a slight left turn to the green. If I am honest I think the par-4 11th is pretty weak; it is short, flat and not a lot to it at all – the club should have a good think of how to improve this hole. The last two holes are very strong, the 17th is a long par-5 from the back two tees with four very well placed bunkers around 125 yards from the green. The final hole has changed recently and is now a joy to play; the fairway has a small twist in it, there are trees and bunkers to negotiate halfway to the hole and then there is very clever bunkering on the left of the green – the elegant clubhouse and terrace is just behind the green making the 18th one of the best closing holes around.
December 08, 2013
6 / 10
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